I see alot about Paradise being so good because it's non-smoking, which is why we chose to sail it in April 2002. We have 3 young children who will not be cruising with us because we want to party for the first time in 10 years.I'm a little concerned about everything I see about LOTS of children running around and the lack of any kind of party atmosphere. Anyone who has cruised recently, is it dead? Is it noisy with children?
With regard to Paradise Ive been on almost 300 cruises and all thecarnival ships, the Paradise has a more family oriented crowd than their other ships less drinking gambling because of no smoking, but there are still plenty of kids and similar carnival atmosphere. Any other questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann, My wife and I took our two young boys on the Paradise two years ago and had a blast. The playroom is very large. Larger than the rest of the Fantasy class. As far as dead, it is. After 10 PM the ship gets pretty quiet. It's really a family ship. I guess smokers drink more too. Don't try to smoke on this ship. We heard of an old man who was put off on Virgin Gorda for smoking on board. No joke!
I guess It depends when you cruise. We love The Paradise, but always avoid spring break, christmas or any other time of year that kids are out of school. Nightlife is great, The Rex disco is always packed, and we love the late night adult comedy shows in The Normandie lounge. We have cruised on the Paradise twice and love this ship (we are both in our 40`s) and we love to party!
The smoke free policy is wonderful.
My family and I are sailing for our third Spring Break Cruise on the Paradise. There are some kiddos on board, but so far have not had too much trouble with kids getting out of hand. Hey, if they bother me I tell them to "Go find your parents, they are looking for you" . Add on something about some surprise they had in mind. It may not work, but it does get rid of them. For the most part, the children on the Paradise seem to have the right kind of guidance. As far as the party mood, if is there if you want it to be. Dance, Drink, be merry - just don't smoke!!!!!!. Have a great time.
I'm the previous poster Mike's wife. Yes, we did find it to be a family ship, as is the Ecstasy which we also had a BLAST on with and without the kids (prior to having them, since they were born, they come with us on all vacations). Carnival is very family friendly in general. They are the only line that changes diapers, and one of 2, NOT including Disney, that accepts 2 yo's into the regular children's program. Our boys are still preschool, so we take the non traditional vacation times so we can get the off peak rates and get the most for our vacation dollars.
The one thing that disappointed me when I saw the group boarding the Paradise was that it looked like a gathering at some Sun City Seniors Center. I got real nervous anticipating cranky older people on board, but we didn't really come across any. We had fun our way with our kids, they had fun their way, I think everybody had a nice vacation. The ship did seem to die after 10, at least on the cruise we were on. I'm sure though if you're LOOKING to party, you will find a way. For all the people that complain on the boards about others, I've never (thankfully) yet found any really miserable, childish, cliquish, complainers on board. The nice thing about cruising is it offers so much for a variety of people, people don't often get in eachother's way. Not smelling smoke, esp in the casino was nice and its a great experience to be on a clean smelling ship. Relax and just enjoy your vacation. The more you expect perfection, the more you will be disappointed at every possible little thing.
I have cruised on The Paradise twice (without my kids) and we love this ship. Great disco, and we loved the late night comedy shows. Plenty of party people, the average age seems to be mid-twenties to late fifties. Plenty to do for kids, in fact we saw very few all week both cruises, and the few we did see were well behaved. They have their own disco and activities they can choose to take part in. We return in May to The Paradise for the 10 day southern. Can`t wait!
You must have gone on the wrong week! I Have cruised twice on The Paradise and found a young and lively crowd for the most part. Very few cruisers over 60, and very few kids too. We always avoid going when kids are out of school, because you know the ship will have more kids on board.......